Ex-Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has spoken about how Africa can resolve its numerous challenges.
According to him, the continent’s problems are not too big to solve once homegrown solutions are adopted to confront Africa’s problems.
The former president said this on Wednesday while addressing a delegation of students and youths across African countries at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Obasanjo said leaders of the content should consider the various peculiar natures of the people to draw local solutions to the problem.
He said, “It is a great lesson for us to know that yes, whatever may be our problem – political, economic, social in Africa, we can solve them if we go about seeking solutions rightly.
“What is very important and which I want you to take very, very seriously is that what we were able to achieve in Tigray, the peace that we were able to achieve in Tigray between tplf and the federal government of Ethiopia is what you and I will regard as finding African solution to African problem. and this is what our leaders have been clamouring for, even from independence in the early 1960s.
“No problem in Africa is too great for us to solve where there may be problem of peace, problem of insecurity, problem of youths unemployment, youths lack of empowerment, youths lack of acquisition of skills, youths frustration and of course general bad governance.”
The delegation which included student leaders from Ethiopia and the Tigray Region was led by the President of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU), Osisiogu Osikenyi.
The students were on a “thank you” visit to Obasanjo for facilitating the Permanent cessation of hostilities agreement between the government of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia and the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF) in Pretoria last year.
In his remarks, the President of the Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions Students Union (EHEISU), Oli Bedane Wako, said the African students’ leaders paid a thank-you visit to Obasanjo over the role he played in the historic signing of the Pretoria peace agreement among the Federal Republic of Ethiopia and Tigray Liberation Fronts.
According to him, the deadliest war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has brought immense tragedy, claiming the lives of countless young individuals and leaving behind widespread destruction and trauma.
He, however, noted the move initiated by Obasanjo has saved countless lives and provided a foundation upon which we can rebuild the war-torn region of Tigray.